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MDS2 KL-CABINET-PORTFOLIOS Vijayan retains Home & IT; Veena George is new Kerala Health Minister Thiruvananthapuam: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will retain key portfolios including Home in the succesive LDF government in the state while his son-in-law PA Mohamed Riyas and Veena George, both first time ministers, will handle PWD and Health, respectively.

MDS3 KA-VACCINATION COVID-19: Karnataka to resume vaccination of 18-44 age group from Saturday Bengaluru: The Karnataka government will resume the COVID-19 vaccination drive for people in the 18-44 years age group from Saturday.

MDS5 PD-VIRUS-CASES Puducherry logs 1,702 new Covid-19 cases; 26 deaths push toll to 1,295 Puducherry: Puducherry reported 1,702 fresh coronavirus cases and 26 related fatalities during the last 24 hours, a senior Health department official said on Friday.

MDS6 TN-RAJIV-CASE-CONGRESS TN Cong's veiled attack on DMK govt, flays 'political pressure' to get Rajiv case convicts released Chennai: The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee on Friday said it does not agree with Chief Minister MK Stalin demanding the Centre to set free the seven Rajiv Gandhi assassination case life convicts and denounced what it called 'political pressure.' MES2 KL-MIGRANTS Ker govt provides over 70,000 free kits to migrant workers Thiruvananthapuram: Amidst the increasing COVID-19 cases and the lockdown imposed to check its spread, the Kerala government has extended a helping hand to migrant labourers in the state by distributing over 70,000 free food kits to them.

MES6 KL-VEENA-LINI Ker Health Minister Veena pays homage to sister Lini; begins new stint Thiruvananthapuram: A day after taking oath, Kerala's new health minister Veena George on Friday began her new stint paying rich tributes to nurse Lini Puthussery, who had died after contracting Nipah while treating a patient at a hospital in Kozhikode three years ago.

MES10 KA-OXYGEN EXPRESS Karnataka receives sixth Oxygen Express carrying 73 MT of oxygen Bengaluru: Karnataka on Friday received the sixth Oxygen Express from Kanalus in Jamnagar in Gujarat carrying 72.94 metric tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) in four cryogenic containers for COVID patients in the state.PTI SS PTI PTI

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